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MATCH PREVIEW: Whites v Hereford

MATCH PREVIEW: Whites v Hereford

By Ian RidleyWHITES will go into the big Hereford FC promotion clash at the Ray Mac tomorrow (Saturd...

Tomorrow's U18 fixture moved venue

The Ray Mac pitch like many this week has fallen foul to the weather. Tomorrows planned cup tie with Forest Green Rovers has had to be moved to the Bulford 3G due to the pitch having standing water in many places this evening.

For anyone still able to go along and support the lads in this important cup tie the address is Bulford Camp. Picton Barracks, Marlborough Road, Bulford, Wiltshire, SP4 9NY

Kick off is 10:30am.

CUP FOOTBALL at the Ray Mac this Saturday

Salisbury FC U18 v Forest Green Rovers U18

Scott Bartlett brings his young FGR side to the Ray Mac this Saturday morning to take on Richard Rendall and Mark Sommerton's under 18's in the semi finals of the Gary Else memorial league cup.

Supporters not travelling to Devon for the 1st team game this weekend can still get there Saturday football fix by coming along and support the Whites as they go ahead to head with Rovers for a place in the final.

This will be the third meeting between these two sides this season. The Whites brought all 3 points back from Gloucestershire back in September when goals from Ronan Clancy and Jack Roberts cancelled out a Kray Roberts strike. However FGR got their revenge in the return fixture when Jordon Morris scored the only goal of the game to make it 3 points a piece in the league encounters. FGR currently sit in 2nd in the league with Salisbury in 3rd place. Hence it is fair to say there is not a lot between these two sides so a keenly contested game between two good footballing sides is in store for those that can make it up to the Ray Mac to support the young Whites.

Richard and Mark will likely be without Chae Sykes who picked up a knee injury during the last development game. However following on from last Saturdays courageous 1 v 1 draw at Cirencester were they was only able to field 10 players for the whole match, they know whatever side they put out will play for the shirt, the team and give nothing less than 100%.

So if your not travelling to Barnstaple get yourself up to the Ray Mac, have a morning coffee and a hot bacon roll in the bar before kick off, and a nice cold drink at half time and after the game.

Kick Off - 10:30am

Gates open - 9:45am

Admission - Free to all ages.

There will be a donation bucket should supporters wish to help contribute to Salisbury FC Youth's costs of running the stadium on the day and repairing the pitch afterwards.

YOUTH - The weekend youth round up - 25th 26th Feb

 A Penny and Burden master class helps earns 10 man Salisbury U18’s a deserved point.

 Salisbury under 18s travelled to Cirencester for a South west counties league encounter with just the bare 11 due to on going injury problems that were made worse in the week with Chae Sykes picking up a repeat of the knee injury that has kept him out for several weeks. That changed to 10 just before kick-off with a warm up injury. So a change of formation and a different system was required from the management team of Richard Rendall and Mark Sommerton.

What followed showed everyone the commitment and dedication that exists in these young whites. Cirencester playing with an extra man and 5 fresh pairs of legs to come on and must have thought that victory was a foregone conclusion. What they didn't factor in is this is a Salisbury team full of spirit.

Cirencester started the game with an obvious game plan which was very direct. The back three of Kieran Edgington, Jim Ward and Ben Moore were immense for Salisbury winning nearly everything in the air and on the ground and when they had the chance they got the ball down and passed it well. The hosts had the first chance in the game to score but a complacent tap in by their striker missed the target. Salisbury attacked Cirencester when they could and threatened the goal on a couple of occasions. Josh Sommerton on the left of midfield had an excellent game, every time he got the ball he caused Cirencester problems. They could only stop him by repeatedly bringing him down. Josh was eventually injured by one of these fouls and it looked like Salisbury were going to play the final hour with 9. After some ice and heavy strapping he came back on to help his team.

Salisbury attacked and sent in a shot at goal that hit a couple of defenders on the way, the ball fell to Louis Rendall who put Salisbury I nil up. Within 5 minutes Cirencester pumped another long ball into the box, this time they got lucky and levelled the score. Half time 1 a piece it was.

In the 2nd half Ryan Penny and Charlie Burden took the game by the scuff of the neck and showed that you don't have to run around like maniacs to control a game of football. They worked up and back, passing and linking up the play all of the second half. Ryan with his excellent close control could only be stopped by the Cirencester players repeatedly fouling him. Charlie moved with the flow of the game superbly and controlled the tempo of the match. As a coach to see two lads working the centre of midfield like that is great to watch. The whole team battled to the end to hold out for a 1 v 1 draw. The Whites might have even nicked it at the end but perhaps that’s being a little greedy.

If we are going to get some luck let’s hope it’s in the league cup semi-final against Forest Green Rovers next Saturday 10.30am kick off at the Ray Mac.

Well done to these young Whites today, the club is proud of you all.

Salisbury FC U14’s put Aldershot Town to the Sword.

For what seems like an eternity the Whites have always had a key player or two missing for both Saturday and Sunday fixtures. However this Saturday they were able to name as close to a full strength side as Winter and Jamison have been able to name all season.

Sam Waters coming back in for the first time since Pre-season immediately bolstered the middle of the park and enabled our own ‘Zlatan’ Callum Weir to be pushed up front to as it transpired to have an almighty battle with the equally physically imposing Shots central defender.

The Whites started the strongest and soon got their reward after 10 minutes when Reece McSorely got his first of the day with a fine finish. So at the end of the first quarter it ended 1 v 0 to the hosts.  The 2nd quarter was more even. The whites managed to pull 2 ahead when good work from Waters and Weir resulted in a driven in cross that went in off the thigh of Davis whom admitted afterwards he knew little about it. But it goes down as his goal. The young shots though and especially Nago were causing the Salisbury defence problems. They eventually pulled one back through Harris to finish the 2nd quarter with a one goal deficit. Had it not been for some excellent defending by the Salisbury central defenders Declan Green and Tom Feest, Nago and Bell-Harper could have had more.

Salisbury carved out many chances in the 3rd period mostly falling to the lightening quick Jack Eagles, however most went begging with him having a bit of a ‘Tommy Wright 1 on 1 issue’ and it was not until the last moments of the period that he eventually got his rewards for persistence. 3 v 1.

 Into the last 20 minutes and the Whites finally got into their full stride and played some great possession football. Goals from Ollie Mason and a second for McSorely stretched the lead to 5 v 1. Game over you would have thought, but that was not what the young shots were thinking, and back they came with 2 quick fire goals through Harper and Harris. 5 v 3 and a reaction was needed from the young Whites and the management got it. Two goals, a second for Eagles and an intended goal this time from Owen Davis sealed victory for Salisbury. FT 7 v 3

A special mention to Williams in goal for Aldershot, a defender apparently by choice but a sound performance and shows the benefit of having a keeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet. Was used as a keeper sweeper to great effect throughout the game.

MOTM for Salisbury was Declan Green.

Mini Soccer round up

Salisbury FC Under 9's played a well-organized and efficient Hedge End Falcons side today. Hedge End dominated the first game, as we struggled to find our own game and impose ourselves on the opposition. The boys came in prior to the 2nd game, and we decided on some changes. The boys came out and showed a terrific desire, determination and spirit. A brilliant reaction and response by 6 players who were all magnificent. Very well done boys

Salisbury FC Under 8 (Sunday) had a close contest with Durrington U8 today. Both sides demonstrated great effort and were both rewarded with plenty of goals. Great to see the young whites score some brilliant team goals. MOTM went to Roman Randall for his solid performance at the back and contribution to goals scored. COYW

Next up for Salisbury FC U8 Saturday team was a home game V Fordingbridge. Salisbury started slowly in difficult blowy conditions but soon got into their passing rhythm with a dominant performance. Fordingbridge found it hard getting out their own half at times with high pressing from Camron Dean and Charlie Creese in defence, which lead to chances for Eathan Standen , Ollie Page , Elliott Eyers and Theo Crew on numerous occasions. All credit to Fordingbridge who never gave up and should be proud of their own performance against a very strong Salisbury team. Man of the Match went to Ollie Page. COYW

Whites Under 7’s played away to Tidworth Spartans. First time we have played them so we didn't know what to expect. As it turned out we needn't have worried our youngest Whites played possibly their best football of the season. We had played our U8s in training a few days before and had been really competitive with them so I impressed on our players that I wanted the same effort and attitude and I got it.  We scored lots of goals and conceded a few as well. How many I don't know as we don’t keep scores. Taylor, Warren & Josh stood out with their passing and finishing, although every player performed really well including both Goal Keepers that were used. 

With no Southampton leagues in action this week that is all for now. Just to say on behalf of the youth the very best of luck to the U18's as they entertain Forest Green Rovers this Saturday coming in the Gary Else Memorial League Cup 2016/17 semi final.                

Weekend Youth Round Up - 18th & 19th Feb.

Whites U8's V AFC Bournemouth

Injuries in the warm up add to the Under 18's long injury list - Sound familiar? 

Salisbury FC under 18s hosted Bath City at Bulford 3G Saturday morning. The young whites are copying the first team at the moment with no fewer than 5 players out with injuries. This was made worse when Charlie Rayfield pulled up in the warm up and subsequently ruled himself out of this encounter.

The previous game finished all square at Bath earlier in the season, and this return fixture was to prove to be a tight one as well. The game started slowly with both sides failing to provide any real clear openings. However, Salisbury did look the stronger outfit and passed the ball around well without that real quality in the final third. Against the run of play it was Bath that took the lead. This gave the opposition more belief and they were soon 2 nil up. Salisbury started to look a bit shaky at times, but they held on and showed some real character.

Salisbury crossed the ball into the box and the referee adjudged that a Salisbury player had been brought down and awarded a penalty. Ryan Penny stepped up and put Salisbury back into the game. So 2 v 1 it was at the break. The second half saw a different Salisbury come out and they started to create opportunities to score. The Bath defence were being breached on numerous occasions and repeatedly had to foul the Salisbury players just outside the box. The young Whites had three similar free kicks, however all were easily saved by the keeper.

Salisbury kept up the pressure and got their reward when a beautiful through ball from Ben Moore put Josh Sommerton through on goal for him to be brought down by a trailing Bath defender. This time after discussing with the assistant the defender was shown the red card, however again Salisbury failed to capitalise from the free kick. Salisbury now started to push Bath back more and more and switched the play well to create opportunities to get back on level terms. Another foul, another free kick just outside the box. Louis Rendall stepped up and smashed it into the top corner 2 v 2. Salisbury pushed and pushed Bath and should have been awarded a second penalty. Bath to their credit did try to get men behind the ball and play on the counter, Salisbury tried and tried to get the winner and in doing so gave Bath the opportunity to counter attack and that is what they did to snatch the game. Bath counter attacked and fired in a shot which it looked like the keeper had it covered, but the ball took a deflection and beat the diving Kieran McHardy to give Bath the points. FT 2 to 3 .

Both games between these two teams this season have been very close, all the best to Billy and his lads for the remainder of the season.

No slacking by the Champions, its business as usual 

League Match 12 for Salisbury U13 Blacks was a trip to Eastleigh to play Fleming Athletic (Also Blacks).

SFC fielded a bare bones 11 due to injuries and Illness in the squad. This meant that manager 'Robbo' deploying numerous players in unfamiliar positions. This allowed Fleming to disrupt our usual passing tempo.

After a few missed chances Matthew Webb (C) latched onto a loose ball and finished well, Whites then had another Goal ruled out, before Aidan McMullan applied the finish to a well worked team move. Salisbury kept the 2-0 deficit going into the break thanks to a Miraculous top corner save from Chris Mundy fresh from representing the youth most of Friday at the Salisbury FC half term hub in the Cross Keys arcade in town. Fleming had started celebrating before the flying keeper ended their joy.

The 2nd half started very scrappy with no team controlling the ball and Fleming took advantage of a defensive mix up to get a goal back. Challenges then heated up and flair took a back seat in what became a highly physical competition that would test of the players resolve. A flash of team brilliance on the Counter attack allowed Matthew Shobbrook to calmly slot home the 3rd, though the deficit never changed the battling nature of the game.

In the final minutes, and with only 10 players left on the field (some carrying injuries) MOTM Matthew Webb netted his double with a sublime mazy run from CDM into the opposing penalty area and popping a finish into the top corner.

FT: Fleming Athletic Blacks 1-4 Salisbury FC Youth Blacks

Mini Soccer in brief

 Salisbury Under 9's
Whites played a strong Sholing FC Red side on Sunday. All the young Whites gave a good account of themselves, particularly in an evenly fought first game. Some excellent football was played by both teams. Sholing were though very difficult to break down, and were the stronger team in the second game. The lads played with great spirit, and never gave in, Well done boys.

Under 8 (Sunday)

Salisbury FC Under 8 were back in action against Botley Tigers after weeks off. Despite Alfie Trollope's absence, the 5 remaining spirited whites produced a very convincing performance. Some lovely football was played, well done boys. Man of the match Reagan Saunders, didn't give the opposition a moments rest! COYW

Under 8 (Saturday)

Next up for Salisbury FC U8 Saturday team was a trip to sunny Poole to play in a very challenging 4 team mini festival with AFC Bournemouth Talent ID Centre and two Champion Group football development teams .The festival gave the young whites an excellent experience playing against some of the most talented kids in Dorset . Manager Jase Morgan said 'All the players should be really proud of themselves playing against such talent and for never giving up throughout the morning games it was a proud moment as a coach watching them play against an AFC Bournemouth team a big well done to them all'

Under 7's

After going out of the cup last week Salisbury hosted Shipton Bellinger Rams and the coaches were looking for a good response after the previous week.

A positive start from the whites saw them net a few early goals and settled into the game quickly. They kept there shape and worked hard as a team throughout the game.

A strong contender for goal of the season was a team goal starting from Christian Salisbury in goal and passes went through the whole team with great ball possession progressing into the final third with a great ball across goal from Warren Downing before Stanley Goodridge-Reynolds slotted in from close range.

 

Shipton battled hard and there keeper made some great saves keeping Salisbury out. In the end Salisbury proved to be playing some great football and were too strong at the back for the Rams. Both Taylor Dunn and Christian Salisbury made some great saves as well as strong defending from Maisie Curtis.

 

It was tricky to call man of the match with such a good team performance but Harry Turner and Maisie Curtis just edged it.

 

 

With it being half term that's all for this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUTH weekend round up - 11th & 12th February

Salisbury under 15's Champions.

 

Ben is the Starr as Under 18's blow away Bridgy

The Whites under 18's went into this South West Counties Youth League fixture at home to Bridgewater Town full of goals following the 9 v 0 mid week victory in the Wilts floodlit league.

It took just 15 minutes for Ben Starr to open the scoring then Jack Roberts (brother of 1st team midfielder Sam Roberts) got his first of the game 15 minutes later. Bridgewater currently bottom of the league to their credit pulled one back on the verge of half time to cut the whites half time advantage to just one goal. HT 2 v 1.

The 2nd half was only 5 minutes old when Starr again found the net to restore a two goal advantage. Not to be out done, 15 minutes later just like in the first half that man Roberts got his second of the game. And then guess what, 15 minutes later it was 5 for the whites the only surprise was it was not Starr this time as Sommerton broke the Starr and Roberts taking it in turns every 15 minutes to find the net when he bagged a goal for himself. The plucky Bridgewater side though didn't give up and Nial Carr got himself a goal and his team a late consolation to take back to Somerset.

FT Salisbury FC 5 v 2 Bridgewater Town FC.
Starr 15, 50
Roberts 30, 65
Sommerton 80.

Under 15's confirmed as champions

Congratulations to our under 15's on winning the Southampton Tyro division 4 title this weekend.

The Whites faced AFC Stoneham on a bitterly cold Sunday morning at Hunts Farm. Salisbury started brightly playing some fantastic football and it wasn't long before Nash put the Whites ahead. Salisbury were playing perfect possession football and Stoneham just could not get their foot on the ball. Further goals from Batty, Collins, Simpson (2), Steggles, Stagg (2), Forden and Tanner (2) completed the perfect performance with MOTM going to stand in skipper Connolly.

 With 3rd place beating 2nd Salisbury were confirmed as league champions.

This Whites side moved leagues to the Tyro from the Mid Wilts league for the 16/17 season. They probably were favourites to lift the league title before a ball was kicked this season, but you still have to go out there and do it. And they did in some style. P 16, W 15, L 1. F 71 A 5. The Whites will now be looking to see if they can do the double with a Tyro cup semi final looming.

Under 14's face late heartbreak in the snow

Salisbury FC U14 JPL side were on their travels again this week away to Basingstoke Town. The closer you got to Basingstoke the whiter the fields where getting with the white stuff coming down still. The game was to be played on a 4G all weather pitch so surely it would go ahead? Like in the good old days parents to took to sweeping the snow off the lines and play football we did.

The whites came out all guns blazing and dominated the first 20 minutes. Such was the dominance that as the first quarter of the game ended you could see that one half the pitch was still white, the Basingstoke half was nearing green again from 21 lads running over the light dusting of snow. However for all the pressure the whites had exerted on Basinstoke the scores where still all level.

The 2nd quarter started as a more even contest with chances both ends, however on two occasions Basingstoke found the net and the young whites failed to make the most of a hatful of chances they created and now found themselves 2 v 0 down at the half way point in this Junior Premier league tie. However, they made up for it in the 3rd quarter as they came charging out of the blocks goals from Weir, McSorely and Mason put the whites ahead.

The final 20 minutes of the game was end to end and Basingstoke pulled a goal back when they got a corner from a 'world class' save from Brooker in the whites goal. A from the Basingstoke right wing from 25 yards was right in line with were both sets of coaches were standing. It was hit like a rocket and heading right under into the top corner. The opposition coach was already celebrating when Brooker took off and  somehow got his fingers to the ball to put it around the post. 'how the hell did he get to that' I could hear from behind me. However their was nothing he could do from the resulting corner as the ball found the net from outside a crowded 6 yard box.

With only a few minutes on the clock left it looked like this was going to end in a well earned draw for both sides but there was to be one final twist in the tale when Basingstoke once again found a way through to goal and took it.

FT 4 v 3 to Basingstoke. MOTM Sam Butt.

Under 13 blacks closing in on the title

League match 11 for Salisbury U13 Blacks saw a visit from 3rd Placed Lakewood Youth. The first half was a tight affair on a messy pitch, and although the game was scrappy a couple of moments of control and composure from Abdul Ahmed and Leo Penna gave the Blacks a 2-0 HT advantage.

Lakewood had to come out fighting in the 2nd period and managed to score from a well worked counter attack. That was the key to waking up the Blacks and they controlled proceedings from then on. Quick Feet and then a rocket finish got Bradley Robinson (2) he then went on to turn provider assisting Fin Monteith towards a great hat trick (1 left, 1 right volley, 1 header). Sam Hunter added a classy calm finish before Sub Nathan Walsh helped himself to two well set up team goals. Abdul Ahmed dropped into control the midfield and a MOTM performance was topped with a fine assist to give Fin Monteith his 4th.

The side again like the 15's moved into the Tyro league this term and just as the 15's they have to start at the bottom and work their way up. This was the sides 11th league game finished and it finished 11-1. With a league record of 11 Wins 0 losses. 0 draws and a GD of +119, you would hope the league moves them up more than one division as has been done in the past.

Test Way League cup semi finals await the U12's

The Whites made the short trip to Clarendon for the quarter finals of the league cup in snow and sub zero conditions.

The Whites went on to finish the game 0-5 and to progress into the semi finals. First goal came from Valentin Daskalov, Dylan Beauchamp fired in a low hard cross was which was met by Valentin to put it through the keepers legs. The second goal was an unfortunate one for the poor Clarendon keeper when he helped a Dylan Beauchamp cross into his own net when attempting to clear the ball.

The third goal was a again somewhat strange when a cross from Beauchamp was met by a defender and Callum Young. Young will claim the goal but who got the last touch no one knows. No luck was involved in the fourth, a touch of class from the Whites involving Rory Cameron, Callum Young and Thomas Doran to set through Liam wholer one on one who put the ball into the bottom corner.

Goal number five was a one man show, Callum Young picking the ball up on the flank, taking on the defender before drilling it into the far top corner of the goal. FT 5 v 0.

Massive credit to the boys and the parents of both clubs. The conditions were horrendous but they all still cheered the boys on from start to finish


Salisbury FC U9 v Windsor United

Salisbury FC U9 took on Windsor for the third time this season, with the help of U8's Alfie Trollope and Ben Warner. Unfortunately for the whites an early injury led to the boys having to play without any subs. However, it was a courageous performance and the boys should hold their heads high. After a difficult first game, they responded fantastically in the second game, demonstrating their quality. Huge shout out to Louis Knight for an incredible goalkeeping performance, featuring a brilliant double save. Well done boys.

Captain fantastic Eyers steels the show for the U8 Saturday side.

With Salisbury FC U8's development game with Andover Pinks Postponed, They made there way down to Hiltingbury Recreation Ground for a friendly game against EDMSL side Hiltingbury Hawks. Salisbury started well with a strong solid midfield display from Elliott Eyers and Theo Crew which Hiltingbury found hard coping with physically. It wasn't long before Salisbury striker Ollie Page picked up were he left off last week with some excellent foot work and finding the back of the net again on a couple of occasions. an all round solid performance from the whites. Salisbury Manager Jase Morgan Thanked all the parents for making the journey down and braving the freezing weather conditions for today's game. MOTM match went to Salisbury Captain Elliott Eyers for his excellent all round display. COYW

Salisbury FC v Clarendon FC U7 Lion Cup.

 
Salisbury hosted Clarendon in the first wound of the lion cup on a extremely cold Saturday morning.
 
The game got off to a flyer with both teams battling hard for the ball. It was very tight and you could not call who would come out on top. Salisbury had a number of chances but couldn't find the net. The snow started to fall and it felt even colder, Harry Turner made some fantastic double saves with everybody working hard for each other. Stanley Goodridge-Reynolds made some great runs from defence as did Lucas Prescod-Toogood. Josh Perrett, Maisie Curtis and Taylor Dunn all commanded the middle and played some brilliant passes around the pitch.
 
 
In a very well contested game in extremely hard conditions a well organised Clarendon team just edged the win.
 
Man of the match went to Jospeh Greenyer who played in goal and put on pitch in different positions and excelled in each showing great attitude and comment considering he was poorly all week and just wanted to play football.
 
 
I'd like to wish Clarendon all the best for the rest of the cup and thank there team and parents for coming down and making it such a good game.
 
I'd also like to thank our parents and team for sticking through the cold snowy weather and for playing so well. We move on to the next game COYW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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